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MAAC Applications Now Available

Ohio EPA and Partners for Clean Streams (PCS) re-established the local Maumee RAP Committee in 2015 with a fresh new name: Maumee AOC Advisory Committee (MAAC). The MAAC is a stand-alone committee that utilizes the guidance and support of PCS as the Maumee AOC Facilitating Organization. At this time, PCS is seeking applications for committee membership for 2017-2018. Memberships can be either Voting or Non-Voting. Voting members serve for two-year terms. Non-voting members are appointed each year based on expressed interest.

The application deadline is midnight on December 11, 2016.  Non-Voting Members do NOT need to complete the application.   They only need to send an email to PCS indicting their interest and for which level of involvement (Ex-Officio and Resource members). The time and your ability to represent your respective agency should be approved within your agency per your own internal process. 

We want to make sure the Maumee AOC has a strong and representative voice in the AOC process and encourage all interested individuals to apply.  The members of the MAAC will play an important role in defining the future course of the activities in the AOC.  Some of the key activities for 2017 include:

-        Propose delisting for BUI 13;

-        Begin development of a Fish and Wildlife Habitat Restoration Plans;

-        Continue development of Maumee AOC Management Actions List for BUI Removal; and

-        Fill in data gaps with assessment projects requested of various agencies.

Voting Membership:

Voting members will lead and guide the MAAC as they make decisions regarding the next steps in the Maumee AOC and in identifying critical projects that are needed to remove BUIs and delist the AOC. Voting members represent 4 different "sectors" of stakeholders:

-        Local government,

-        Business/Industry,

-        Academic/Non-Profit Organizations, and

-        General Public.

Voting members must actively participate in at least 75% of the meetings. Voting membership is limited to no more than 16 people, while keeping approximately even distribution from the 4 sectors. Therefore, there is an application process needed. Commitments to be a voting member are for two years.

Voting Member Applications should be submitted (see application for details) in one of 5 ways:

1) fill-in form online, electronically sign, and email to PCS,  

2) fill-in form online, print, sign and scan then email to PCS,

3) fill-in form online, print, sign and mail to PCS,

4) print, fill-in form by hand, sign and scan then email to PCS, OR

5) print, fill-in form by hand, sign and mail to PCS.

Non-Voting Membership:

Ex-officio members are expected to fulfill most of the same commitments as full voting members, including attendance of at least 75% of the meetings; however, they do not have voting privileges. This is due to the interest of having the MAAC be a local voice to advise the state and federal agencies of what the locals would like to see done, where and why. Ex-officio members are typically state and federal government staff tasked to work on AOC issues. Commitments to be an ex-officio member are for one year.

Resource members are considered a technical resource to the MAAC and assist the MAAC’s voting membership in making informed decisions. Resource members can attend meetings, share information and discuss issues. They are not expected to perform the same responsibilities as voting members and are not eligible to vote. Resource members do not have a time commitment, but can attend as many (or few) meetings as they like. 

If your organization decides a non-voting membership is the best role for them, please notify Kris Patterson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  A list of all interested non-voting members will be provided to the MAAC review committee to ratify non-voting members along with the selected voting members.   Kris will also need to know your agency’s designated person, and if there will be a designated alternate.

As a note, Ohio EPA has made it clear that serving on the MAAC as a voting or non-voting member in no way precludes you or your organization from applying for grant funding. If the committee is considering any project, letter of support, or funding request in which you or your organization have a role, State of Ohio Ethics guidelines should be followed. For instance, you may remove yourself from a vote or discussion related to the potential conflict of interest. Thank you for considering this opportunity. We look forward to hearing from you by December 11, so we can schedule the first MAAC meeting in February 2017. Feel free to contact Cherie Blair (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Kristina Patterson (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) if you have any questions about the MAAC or application process.

Cruise & Learn on the Sandpiper

This summer the MAAC sponsored a Water Quality Boat Cruise, co-hosted by Partners for Clean Streams and Lucas Soil & Water Conservation District. On August 6th, 78 passengers cruised up and down the Maumee River on the Sandpiper Boat for two hours, all the while listening and learning from local water quality experts. Discussion topics included basic information about water quality, non-point and point source pollution, harmful algal blooms, our drinking water, and the Toledo Water Crisis that happened two years ago. Passengers also enjoyed a trivia game, featuring questions about our local waterways. The MAAC is proud to have sponsored such a successful event, one that the local community seemed very interested in.

Thank you to the additional Partners of the Cruise: Partners for Clean Streams, Lucas Soil & Water Conservation District, The Sandpiper Boat, City of Toledo, The Toledo Blade, and WTVG Channel 13. Click on the following links to read the Toledo Blade article and to watch the Channel 13 news segment.

Partners for Clean Streams’ 20th Clean Your Streams

The MAAC facilitating organization, Partners for Clean Streams, has recently celebrated 20 years of an annual Clean Your Streams Day river cleanup. The river cleanup first started as a program under the RAP to address aesthetics in the Area of Concern. PCS adopted the program and continues its focus on aesthetics in the AOC. Each year, this cleanup has grown in size and impact. This was evident during this year’s cleanup on Saturday, September 17th. The PCS staff and CYS planning team are incredibly happy with the results of the 20th Annual Clean Your Streams Day, which would have been unreachable without the hard work and support of their Partners and volunteers! 960 volunteers participated in Clean Your Streams this year as a part of Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup. On that rainy morning, volunteers dispersed across 8 kickoff locations and removed trash from 31.1 miles of stream bank along Swan Creek, the Ottawa River, the Maumee River, and creeks and ditches flowing into Maumee Bay and Lake Erie. 26,136 pounds of trash were collected, including 730 bags, 311 tires, and many other large pieces of garbage. The list of strange trash items is long and interesting! For example, volunteers found metal poles, mattresses, construction materials, road signs, fireworks, auto parts, baby strollers, and much more. Once volunteers were done pulling trash and themselves out of the rivers, we celebrated cleaner, clearer, and safer waters during the Appreciation Picnic. There, volunteers were thanked with a lunch, t-shirt, educational activities, door prizes, and more.

One of the Beneficial Use Impairments in the Maumee Area of Concern is degradation of aesthetics. Clean Your Streams Day works towards delisting that BUI and hopes to spread awareness in order to prevent marine debris from entering our rivers at all. For more information about the success at this year’s Clean Your Streams Day river cleanup, go to Partners for Clean Streams website.

MAAC Progress Report

So far this year, the MAAC has been successful in addressing current challenges within the Area of Concern and identifying where work is still needed. A sub-committee of the MAAC worked extensively to develop a local target for one of the habitat BUIs, which was also recently approved by the Ohio EPA. In addition, projects were recommended to the Ohio EPA regarding evaluation and assessment, BUI management (projects that move forward progress on BUIs), and habitat restoration. The Committee will continue to recommend projects as more work is done to assess the conditions in the AOC, based on what is needed to improve them within the conditions of the AOC framework. To stay current with all MAAC news, check out the website.

Save the Date for the 20th Annual Clean Your Streams Day!

This year marks the 20th anniversary of Clean Your Streams Day! We look forward to celebrating 20 years of successfully removing debris from streams, riverbanks, and watersheds in Toledo and surrounding areas. Improving the aesthetics of the Area of Concern is one of the initiatives underway here. On the morning of September 17th, join hundreds of other volunteers in removing tons of trash from our local riverbanks. Since 1996, the number of volunteers on Clean Your Streams Day has grown significantly and the support for this event has gotten stronger and stronger. Last year, 971 volunteers removed over 13,000 pounds of trash in the 19th Annual Clean Your Streams Day. The more friends, family members, and colleagues you encourage to join us for this special day, the bigger impact we can have on our local rivers. Stay tuned for more details on Partners for Clean Streams’ website, including the opening of registration in early August.

The Maumee AOC Committee works toward fishable and swimmable waters in the Maumee Area of Concern and delisting the beneficial use impairments. The Committee is working towards all major restoration projects being completed by 2025, through collaboration of partners and volunteer opportunities by its facilitating organization, Partners for Clean Streams. The committee is made up of representatives from various organizations, citizens, businesses and non-government agencies to build long term solutions to the area’s water quality issues.